Drug testing using 'heart-on-a-chip' steps closer Medical News Today

March 10, 2015 10:19 AM

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Drug testing using 'heart-on-a-chip' steps closer Medical News Today

"It takes about $5 billion on average to develop a drug, and 60% of that figure comes from upfront costs in the research and development phase. Using a well-designed model of a human organ could significantly cut the cost and time of bringing a new drug to market."

As around one third of the candidate drugs that are ditched are those that seem to have a bad effect on the heart, Prof. Healy and colleagues decided to design a model based on the human heart.

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